The vacancy rate in Newark isnt what it is because people are afraid of fast food joints lol.
Maybe not afraid
, but put off. If a regular tourist--with money
, mind you--comes to a downtown/urban center and the first thing
they see is a worn out fried chicken joint or a 99 cent store(and not just one, a good chunk
of them) that person will think that the area is unappealing, unsafe, and not worth anyone's time, especially if there's nothing geared towards that tourist to balance it out or even override it(ie Center City Philly or even JC, as I mentioned earlier). They'll just take their cash to another city with a better downtown.
Perhaps I'm over-simplifying it and focusing on one small part of the big picture (though the OP did single out "late night chicken and pizza shacks"), but it sounded like you were drawing upon the old "black people love them some fried chicken" stereotype and then saying that anyone who would patronize a downtown fried chicken joint is clearly a lowlife and a criminal. Sounded rather racist -- or at the very least classist -- to me; if I misinterpreted, I apologize, but that's how I saw it.
It's more like "I want better stores with better ownership taking care of their properties, bringing in a more diverse crowd rather than just catering to a certain crowd(Neiman Marcus isn't mandatory for the Downtown) and providing needed tax revenue, therefore making your urban center more credible." These outdated, low-rent, "illegal" properties don't cut it, sorry. Not about racism.
Edited by Marv4Life, 11 July 2011 - 12:04 PM.